The 2017-18 Premier League season is nearing its end but before the final day, there is the small matter of previously postponed games to sort out.
Kicking things off is a relegation six pointer at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City host Southampton.
Currently tied on 33 points apiece, victory here will be pivotal to their survival hopes.
A draw will ensure a four way relegation fight on final day, with both of these teams capable of safety with wins if Huddersfield lose as well as going down, should they both suffer final day defeats and West Bromwich Albion win.
Swansea could have Kyle Naughton back from illness as they face a must win match.
Beside from Naughton, Carlos Carvalhal could rotate his squad as the Swans prepare for two crucial home games in the final week.
Kyle Bartley and Wilfried Bony are both ruled out for rest of season with knee injuries alongside Leroy Fer (calf).
Southampton will be without Japanese centre back, Maya Yoshida after he was sent off on Saturday.
Mario Lemina is unlikely to feature here as he recovers from a hamstring strain and is currently being assessed.
Captain, Steven Davis is again sidelined by an Achilles problem.
Defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday stretched Swansea’s winless run to seven league games.
During this poor run of form, the Swans have only taken three draws and have lost their last three consecutive games without scoring.
- Swansea have avoided defeat in last two meetings, having lost the previous three beforehand.
- In 11 Premier League meetings, the result has been 1-0 to winning side on five occasions. Southampton have won four of those 1-0 games to Swansea’s one.
- Swansea have scored the joint least amount of goals this season alongside Huddersfield, netting just 27 times. They also have made the least shots (300) and attempts on target (89)
- Both teams have made 240 blocks between them this season (Swansea – 121 & Southampton – 119)
- Swansea’s Tom Carroll and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand have both made four assists, which is the most out of all the players for their respective team.
Where can game be won or lost?
|Per Game Average||Swansea City (home)||Southampton (away)|
|Shots on Target||3.24||3.24|
|Goals per First Half %||31.3||46.7|
|Goals per Second Half %||68.7||53.3|
This match definitely looks like it come very well be a boring affair for many reasons.
Both teams are roughly even attack wise with Swansea the slightly more clinical, despite both teams averaging less than a goal per home/away game respectively.
In my opinion, if there’s a winner, I can see it coming from a Southampton foul because the amount that they commit is quite a lot for a Premier League side and shows in their higher yellow card average.
Saying that, Southampton are the more consistent when it comes to scoring in each half average wise.
In summary, don’t expect either team to dominate because this could very well be a nervy nail biter.
Southampton are the in form team here but I fancy Swansea to try and get a draw to take it to the final day, even if means both teams have to be mindful of Huddersfield above and West Brom below.
Prediction: Swansea City 0-0 Southampton
Jake predicts: Swansea 1-0 Southampton
Result: Swansea City 0-1 Southampton